As a parent it is so hard to make sense of all the medical mumbo jumbo that you are instantly supposed to know as soon as you have a child with Down Syndrome and more often than not, it just causes anxiety. But isn’t that being a parent of any child? Suddenly, your world is full of worry about school, health and good decisions, to the point that it can keep you from living your life normally or at best, being effective and joyful.
Last week, I had the privilege of speaking with someone who counsels (for lack of a better term) men who have addictions (mostly pornography). He said, that what they have to do is teach them how to take control of their thoughts. They renounce the thought. They proclaim that they belong to Jesus and they ask Jesus to take control. Be it porn, money or worry, we all have idols in our lives. Crap that we refuse to surrender to God. It’s not easy, and it will take time and I can’t help but wonder if I need to approach my worry in the same way. It is the devil’s devise and a major joy stealer, when really I could be doing better things with my time…like blogging about truth or spending time with my kids, which brings me to what I was originally going to post on tonight. My Autumn Bucket list. Yes, something I got off of Pinterest and thought was a wonderful idea.
My Autumn Bucket List
Try a new pumpkin recipe: these were amazing!
Make homemade butternut squash ravioli
Drink Mulled apple cider in front of the fire.
Go to the Pumpkin Patch
Picnic in the park (if the park ever dries out)
Practice being thankful
Take a detour just see the autumn trees
Make apple pie
Lie in bed and listen to the rain (there has been plenty of that the last couple of days)
|Some of the most beautiful moments of this life are the understated still in pajamas, saturday morning breakfast kind.
What is on your list?
As a footnote: Ella will have her blood work redone tomorrow just in case it was a one-off thing and corrects itself…and I will not worry about it….but if you found yourself praying about it tonight that wouldn’t hurt either 🙂
Also, if you find yourself praying, could you also pray for a little girl name Bea. She will be one of Ella’s best friends I’m sure, she is just 4 months old, is blessed with designer genes and today had heart surgery. She came out of it well and now needs some extra-supernatural intervention to help her heart grow strong for a fast and effective recovery. Thanks!